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De Dolle Arabier | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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661 Ratings
De Dolle ArabierDe Dolle Arabier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Belgium
dedollebrouwers.be

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 10-23-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,610
Reviews:
329
Ratings:
661
pDev:
10.81%
Bros Score:
4.35
 
 
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41
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66
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Ratings: 661 |  Reviews: 329
Photo of ohitsbrad
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

5 July 2006, Best Before Jun 08

Cloudy dark orange colour with a huge thick white head. Left most of the yeast in the bottle. Head settled to a white cap and left some lacing on the glass. Aroma is fresh, tart and sweet. Reminiscent of green apples, green grapes and champagne/white wine. Some spiciness there too. Flavour is sweet, fruity, tart and acidic. Some typical Belgian yeast flavours present. Medium body and high carbonation. The 7% alcohol provides a nice amount of warming. This is a superb Belgian pale ale. Bottle advertises that it's unfiltered and unpasteurized.

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Photo of dgallina
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml slim brown bottle without freshness dating.

Pours clear gold with voluminous carbonation and an out-of-control half glass of delicate foam. Aroma is a nice blend of fruitiness (green apple, pineapple, pear) and earthy spiciness (orange, black pepper, alcohol). Flavor is a little mellower than the smell. Tart rounded citrus fruits combined with dry rough hops and leafy yeast. Finishes super dry and hoppy with puckering tartness. Extra light body that's crazy with tiny bubbles. A superb beer and well worth seeking out bottles in good condition.

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Photo of StevieW
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A hazy dark golden to orange amber color under a giant white smooth head. Head is huge, makes my belly look small, rich creamy vanilla pudding like. Smells are lots of citrus undertones, and warm spices. One of the most pleasant and complex tasting beers I have ever experienced. Inviting spicy richness, matched with crisp citrus lip smacking goodness. High abv will sneek right up on you and warm your belly at the same time. Bottom of the glass leaves a spicy yeast sediment that revives the last few sips. Unbleievable beer. I picked this one up and a couple other from the same brewery on the recommendation of the beer store owner in Tampa.....can the others be as good ? I am looking forward to finding out........

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Photo of czechsaaz
4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really spicy aroma. Licorice, yeast, orange, candi sugar, hops, cinamon. Basically tons of stuff that it's hard to pick out distinct aromas. Complexity is pretty amazing.

Deep orange with a huge white lasting head. Tons of rising carbonation all over the glass. Nice lacing.

Flavor is definitely malty and sweet at first. There's some spice but it's subdued. There's a hint of Brett or some other wild yeast sourness. Plus the very high carbonation makes this seem more bitter than it really is. I do get some citrus too perhaps from orange peel. Hops are very restrained but still apparent in bitterness and flavor.

Mouthfeel is definitely affected by the high carbonation. The flavors and touch of alcohol give away it's strength, but the carbonation keeps it light and refreshing.

An all around enjoyable beer.

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Photo of nickfl
4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - The top comes off with a loud hiss and the beer pours with a huge, three finger head of bone white foam. The body is a slightly hazy, golden yellow color. The rocky head settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace.

S - A somewhat musty yeast aroma on top of pilsner malt with some vanilla notes. There are also tropical fruit notes of pineapple and banana with mild, herbal hops.

T - Pils malt up front with a slight honey note that is quickly obscured by the unique musty and funky house yeast character. Yeast notes of pineapple with strong phenolic pepper and clove follow. The finish is dominated by herbal hops and spicy, smoky yeast character with some bready malt balanced by strong bitterness. Lingering flavors of pilsner malt and european hops are better able to express themselves in the aftertaste one the strong yeast character has faded away in the finish.

M - Medium-thick body, very high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This is a big and aggressive beer. The yeast character is wild and huge; so much so that it threatens to obscure the subtleties of the malt and hops. The aroma is quite well balanced with appropriate contributions from all of the exceptional aspects of the beer. The flavor is a bit less controlled with a huge wave of sometimes harsh phenolic yeast flavors that threaten, but don't quite succeed, to wash away the creamy malt and atmospheric hops. This beer walks the line between complexity and becoming a hot mess, but thankfully it just barely manages to land on the side of excellence. In the end, my only real complaint is that it didn't come in a 750ml bottle and that I will have a hard time finding more of it. A wonderful, and truly unique example of the style; I wish there were more like it.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Disclaimer: I am a fanatic for De Dolle mostly because of how actively carbonated their beers are.

That being said:
Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass. Poured a dark golden color (almost copper) with a massive three finger head even in the wine glass. Great retention- still a thick layer of foam even five minutes after pouring- and a little bit of patchy lacing. Foam is almost pure white but a little offish.

Smell is purely of wild yeast. Nutty and a little funky but not a recoil-in-horror kind of funk. A little malty sweetness comes through. Pretty strong scent.

Taste is hard to distinguish from mouthfeel much of the time but this problem is particularly pronounced with this beer. It is certainly very yeasty- that earthy kind of yeast taste that comes from Belgians. After you get used to the yeast, it is a light sweet golden malt character.

The mouthfeel is my favorite part of any De Dolle brew- VERY LIVE. Very exciting; it tingles all the way through. Light bodied and heavily carbonated. As I've said with my other reviews of De Dolle, BUY THIS BEER IF YOU CAN FIND IT!

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours to an orange-bronze color with a chunky three fingers off-white head. It is highly carbonated. The aroma is sweet and fruity, with a raisins and dates smell. It has a solid malt backbone with a bit of alcohol in the aroma as well. The flavor is malty and creamy, with the dark fruits present as well. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a drying finish. This is an awesome brew, very drinkable and warming. De Dolle makes some fine brews. I will definitely pick this one up again.

Sampled 1/22/04

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Photo of SlainteAlbanyNY
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rvdoorn
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: the beer pours a hazy orange-yellow color, with a nice fluffy white head.
Smell: Malts, citrus, pepper, honey, ginger, grass and hops. Great smell.
Taste: Fruits (citrus, light plum and sour grapes), honey, herbal, malts ginger, pepper with a very dry and strong hoppy aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-carbonation, firm bodied.
Overall: One word: beauty

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Photo of BeerSingh
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one beer that I always look forward to have since the first time I had. This, I think has an outstanding malt - hop balance in my opinion. Poured this 33 cl devil into my Chimay goblet, aggressively enough to create an encouraging, egg shell coloured head. The head oozed out like a pony tail and presented a photogenic look, perfect for a Tahitian beauty to hold on a James Hadley Chase cover. Beneath the head was a heavily clouded body - pale hay in colour with fine floaties doing the jig all over. The head remained and lay still - as it were baked stiff. It entrapped aromas of fruits, of spice and the famed Belgian yeast. I think that I had poured out the ale a tad cold, because I am used to Belgian beer aromas to be more profound and lengthy.
I took my first sip like a connoisseur, slowly and head held high. I was blown over - there was a cascade of fruit flavours like apples and pears followed with the muskiness of grapes then eventually percolating into a dry pepperiness towards the finish. The whole panorama was exquisitely sequenced. The finish is really oustanding - dry from the hoppy pepperiness at the same time having a well rounded sweetness from the malts. You are left asking for more and you just wanna relive the entire series again and again.
A huge beer from a small brewery. This is what a BSPA should be like - period. I am left with an insane feeling of wanting to try De Dolle's other offerings like Oerbier and Stille Nacht..till then I will continue to savour my small booty of Ara Bier. Cheers. Smack !!

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Photo of haz77
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy amber with a massive billowing head. Some nice lacing as the head slowly falls.

S - Apples and various citrus fruits in there. Also a faint smell of yeast and some honey.

T - Apples, phenols, citrus, a bit a spice. Alcohol, dryness and bitterness right at the end.

M - Large amount of carbonation, medium body, smooth as can be.

D - Fantastic beer. Easily one of my favourite Belgian beers. In fact, it's one of my favourite beers full stop.

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Photo of brewsclues
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Pizzeria Paradiso in DC - 3/10/13

Everything I want in a Belgian: inviting, crisp-looking ale with tons of citrus/floral, yeast notes, full-bodied but with a dry, slightly sour (puckering?) finish.

I picked up a nice orange marmalade note on this brew. Totally dig it. I've had plenty of Belgians before, but what struck me about this one was how well-balanced it was - from start to finish, none the typically distinguishing characteristics overpowered it. Extremely sessionable.

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Photo of ccrida
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle poured into my Gulden Draak tulip, Ara bier is a is a murky golden orange with a very large off-white head that is very dense, rocky and slow settling, leaving huge chunks of foamy lace, like a 1/2 inch rim around most of the tulip flare.

Smell is sweet, cane sugar and very tropical fruits, papaya and cantaloupe, floral and perfume like, lots of lavender, wow! If my wife were wearing this, I'd...wait, I'm already a dirt-ball!

Taste is damn good, a nice clean candy sugar taste, fruity but mineral laden, with a dry, very bitter, crisp finish, with a nice lingering hop spice. This is basically an awesome saison, sweet!

Mouthfeel is yeasty, crisp with a frothy carbonation, but with the typical De Dolle viscosity.

Drinkability is high, this is such a great beer. A super full flavored blond, so right up my alley, bier like this is why De Dolle is one of the best, period!

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.51/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 33cl brown Euro-style bottle. A parrot holding a glass of beer adorns to label.

Appearance: Cloudy, tarnished gold. The head on this damn beer is like a meringue! It floats, and jiggles!

Smell: Very aromatic, on the sweet side with hits of raw honey, citric gummy candy and herbal tea aromas. Breathing through the nose and mouth will pick up pleasant apple aromas.

Taste: First taste is creamy and smooth, on the palate this is light bodied but with definite mouthfeel. Then follows a bold amount of raw sugar flavours, and some fruitiness that can be likened to plum ... and allows carries some plum tartness into a spicy yeast and hop combination. Right behind follows a magnificent blend of toasted and caramel malt flavours, with a touch of butter. Finishes tea-like (herbal), then dry with yeast notes.

Notes: Hot damn! This about as unique as it gets fellow advocates. Todd bought this at the 't Brugs Beertje in Brugs for 140 BF. Buy it and savour it friends.

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Photo of amano_h
4.51/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Fragrant orange rinds, dried pineapples, coriander, garden herbs white pepper, and subtle hints of clove and banana adorn the aroma. Biscuits, caramel, and more spiced hops bitterness follow as the brew is given some time to warm up.

The best way to describe the initial sensation on the tongue is to compare this to biting into a piece of sliced honeyed grapefruit; whereas the first scoop of the grapefruit slice is sweet and refreshing, your face inevitably puckers after you bite into the skin. This is almost exactly what you get from Arabier, except that the bitterness is followed by a pleasant wheaty backdrop that helps you recover from the unexpected sucker punch. In simpler terms: citrus + caramel -> quinine/grapefruit rinds -> wheat.

Medium-bodied with an incredible amount of carbonation upon opening (I've yet to have one either not gush out, or take shorter than five minutes for a complete pour) which fizzles down to a pleasant, tongue tickling level of carbonation. The finish is pretty much as dry as you can get with a beer; absolutely no heat despite the ABV.

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Photo of Wukk
4.51/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Fulkrum78
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apparently only getting about half a beer tonight. Popped the top and beer went everywhere. Evidently some serious bottle carbonation going on here. Pours a dark brown with a nice huge head that went everywhere. Head sticking around for a decent amount of time. Nice and tasty aroma with sweetness and malt on the back end. Flavor is amlty but definitely noticeable alcohol on the end. Color is fairly cloudy. Great beer.

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Photo of TheMsnLink
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of kmoen
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Coren
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of djcira
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of timmynyc
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Kromes
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Bruisin' Ales in Asheville.

A: A hazy pale yellow with a thick lumpy white head that just sits on top of the beer and leaves sheets of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Sweet booze, earthy aromas, apple, cork and belgian spice.

T: Apple, booze, fruity esters, belgian spice, funk and the finish is sweet and a little bit dry. So delicious....

M: Light with super high carbonation. fills out the lighter feel of the beer and gives it a peppery feel.

O: Very tasty and extremely well crafted Belgian pale ale.

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Photo of mrunseen
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

De Dolle Arabier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 661 ratings
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